Farmers' Access to ICT-based Media for Agricultural Information in Bangladesh

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has the power to improve the socio-economic condition of communities, especially in developing countries like Bangladesh. As an agricultural nation, agricultural information is to improve the productivity and quality of life. However, in the 2018 study of Khalak et al., issues on access and affordability remained to be a major roadblock for farmers to capitalize the benefits of ICT-based media in accessing agricultural information. This

Supporting South-South learning through an online platform for quality farming training videos

Although the provision of Internet and mobile services has enabled farmers in developing counties to seek information on their own, there are still a few number of relevant contents that are available to them. There is, therefore, a need to develop more quality media and communication materials that can empower farmers and improve their farming knowledge and practices. Similarly, the power of information and communication technologies can also be harnessed

Social Media As Tool for Knowledge Sharing and Social Networking Among Farmers in India

Social media, though many doubts exist on its use for sharing of information among farmers, is a popular ICT tool that has great potential to be used for knowledge sharing and social networking among farmers. In the 2018 case study of Thakur and Chander, the findings revealed that Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube are now being used to share diverse farming-based information across India. Using social media, information from different agricultural

High media use for agricultural activities among crop farmers in Yogyakarta

Over the years, access and use of electronic conventional and new media in the form of information and communication technologies (ICTs) have benefited the agricultural sector. In the coastal area of Kulon Progo Regency Yogyakarta, high electronic media use for agricultural activities came with modernization initiatives. Factors such as age, education, income, and purpose resulted in varied conventional and new media use. Electronic media particularly the television were used to

Mobile Phone Use in Agricultural Information in Bangladesh

Mobile phone has been and enabling tool for communication and development in the world, especially in developing countries like Bangladesh. Using secondary data, a 2018 study by Rahman and Afrad revealed that the increasing number of mobile subscribers in the country resulted to an improvement of different sectors like agriculture, industry and services, which contribute in the national economy of Bangladesh. Findings also showed the importance of mobile phone technology

Youth as Models and Change Agents for Sustainable Agriculture in India

A 2018 study by Banu and Yashoda showed that to harness the potential and energy of youth for agriculture, a comprehensive and integrated policy and program  on many aspects of sustainable agriculture should be put in place with special incentives for young farmers.  Youth can be attracted to agriculture if they see meaning, income opportunities as well as a sense of pride in farming.  Young farmers also need training, effective

Participatory Communication Approach: Advancing Rural Development through Community Radios

Dr. Dhanraj A. Patil explored a participatory communication approach for rural development in India. He did this by studying two grassroots community radio stations in rural India: the Sangam Radio in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh and the Radio Bundelkhand in Orchha district of Madya Pradesh. Using media ethnography tools, the article aimed to answer if community radios in India are instrumental in encouraging the participation of the voiceless and

fisherfolk

The increasing threats of climate change prompted the scholars from the University of Putra Malaysia to investigate the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in climate resilience for fisheries and aquaculture. In particular, they sought to determine the access, use, and preference of ICTs for disaster preparation, risk management and reduction among Malaysian fisherfolk. The scholars conducted a cross-sectional survey in the Malaysian coastal states of Terengganu, Pahang and

Empowered Community Radios For Healthy Communities in Indonesia

Can community radios really contribute in building healthy communities? According to Ibrahim (2018), it is possible but only if the community radio is empowered and health communication perspective with local culture basis are important agenda. The author centered his observations on the three radio stations in the Pantura region in Indonesia namely: Arya FM; QLan FM; and NHfm. The study revealed that community radios provided the needed space for community members

Can Improved ICT Increase the Net Income of Rural Farmers?

In an article published at the South Asia @ LSE blog, Arshad Perwez shows that the improved mobile broadband in 2017 has helped onion farmers in India implement solutions to their storage problem. These farmers in the Sehore district earn an average of Rs 40,000-50,0000 per acre through onion cultivation. In a good season, their net income sometimes climbs up to Rs 100,000 per acre. Unfortunately, because of the fluctuations